Colin Chapman was the most charismatic and brilliant engineer in the history of motor racing. His innovative designs revolutionised the layout of the Grand Prix car. Through his Lotus company he not only dominated Formula 1 racing but made an extraordinary contribution to the development of the sports car. The Lotus 7, the Elite and the Elan were landmark cars that strongly influence designers to this day. While Mike Lawrences full biography recalls his achievements, it also delves into the dark side of his genius. For Chapmans glorious career was flawed by his sometimes dubious business practices, and his last months were overshadowed by the imminent exposure of his role in the DeLorean affair. At the time of his sudden death in 1982, he was threatened by legal action that would have brought financial disaster and disgrace.